- Funded PhD Studentship at the UCL Research Department of Infection and Population Health
PhD Studentship at the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Blood-borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections at University College London
Summary: NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Blood-borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections at University College London invites applications for a NIHR/UCL funded PhD studentship to start as soon as possible. The NIHR HPRU in Blood-borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections offers a unique environment to those wishing to undertake interdisciplinary study and gain exposure to research within an organisation pursuing a highly acclaimed international research agenda. This HPRU is led by UCL in collaboration with Public Health England and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. It aims to improve the health of the population and develop practical policy guidelines for those working in health protection in this field.
Successful candidates will have the opportunity to benefit from expertise across the other NIHR funded HPRUs. The PhD proposals offered fall with the remit of the key research themes of the HPRU (detailed below), are multi-disciplinary and are co-supervised across the partner institutions (with at least one supervisor from UCL). The proposals offered can be viewed here
In addition successful candidates may be able to pursue their own PhD proposal if it falls within the stated criteria.
Applicants should have a first or upper second class degree in an appropriate discipline and a MSc in a relevant subject.
Eligibility: This NIHR/UCL research studentship is for 3 years and due to funding restrictions, applicants must be UK/EU nationals. Applicants must have been a resident in the UK for three years immediately prior to starting a PhD to be eligible. If you do not fulfil this criterion, you are not eligible for this scheme.
Funding: Studentships cover UK home fees and full stipend for three years. The stipend is currently £16,405 pa. One studentship is available to start in the 2016/17 academic year.
Applications: Applications should include a CV including full details of all University courses and grades to date; an indication of the PhD proposal (indicating the candidate’s suitability) or area of research for which the candidate is applying, and a statement of research experience and interests.
Electronic submissions are preferred. Please include a contact telephone number and an email address. The covering letter should be no longer than 2 pages. Applications should be emailed to: Pat Withington (email@example.com) or posted to UCL Royal Free Campus, Research Department of Infection and Population Health, Room 655, Level 1, Rowland Hill Street, London, NW3 2PF.
Application deadline: Thursday 29th September 2016.
Interview date: Monday 10th October 2016
Academic references will be taken up for all short-listed candidates and travel costs will be reimbursed up to the equivalent of the most economical train/air fare available within the UK.
The National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (NIHR HPRU) in Blood-Borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections:
The National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (NIHR HPRU) in Blood Borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections is collaboration between UCL, the LSHTM and PHE. Researchers in the HPRU aim to conduct state-of-the art research on sexually transmitted infections and blood-borne viruses to improve the health of the population and to help develop practical policy guidelines for those working in health protection. Research in the HPRU is structured around three main themes of risk and risk reduction, under-diagnosis, and the care and management of those diagnosed with infections. The HPRU team includes researchers in the fields of clinical medicine, epidemiology, medical statistics, qualitative science, social science, health economics, mathematical modelling and laboratory science.
UCL, Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care:
The Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care is part of the Faculty of Population Health Sciences within the UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences (incorporating UCL Medical School)
The Institute comprises of five Research Departments, as follows:
Applied Health Research http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ahr/
Epidemiology and Public Health http://www.ucl.ac.uk/epidemiology/
Infection and Population Health http://www.ucl.ac.uk/iph/
Primary Care and Population Health http://www.ucl.ac.uk/pcph/
MRC Lifelong Health & Ageing Unit at UCL http://www.nshd.mrc.ac.uk
The Institute has an internationally competitive research programme focused on:
- Understanding the determinants of health and disease across the life-course in populations and in patients in clinical settings, including the investigation of genetic, biological, behavioural, psychosocial and cultural processes;
- Evaluating strategies for the prevention and treatment of physical and mental ill-health;
- Monitoring and surveillance of health and health care nationally and internationally;
- Carrying out innovative work on behaviour change and on the practice of primary care;
- Developing and implementing new technologies in teaching and research in population health;
- Teaching and capacity building in population health research and practice.
- Applied health and health policy research
The staff of the Institute is multidisciplinary, with expertise across the in clinical, public health, and primary care medicine, epidemiology, medical statistics, health psychology, sociology, health economics, public policy, information technology, genetics, physiology, and improvement science. As an Institute we have strong national and international interdisciplinary collaborations with a large portfolio of international research linked to the UCL Global Health Initiative.
The Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care (IEHC) offers world-class education and training in a wide range of subjects including contributions to all years of the MBBS curriculum and an extensive portfolio of post graduate taught and research programmes.
IEHC holds an Athena SWAN Charter Silver Award in recognition of its commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.
The Institute Director is Professor Andrew Steptoe
Further information on IEHC can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/iehc/
Public Health England: PHE provides strategic leadership and vision for protecting and improving the nation’s health. Its ambition is to lead nationally, and enable locally, a transformation in the health expectations of all people in England, regardless of where they live and the circumstance of their birth. It will achieve this through the application of research, knowledge and skills. PHE is an executive agency of the
Department of Health. It is a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy to advise and support government, local authorities and the NHS in a professionally independent manner.
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine:
LSHTM is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Its mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and world-wide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice. The School’s multidisciplinary expertise includes clinicians, epidemiologists, statisticians, social scientists, molecular biologists and immunologists. The School provides a stimulating environment with state-of-the-art facilities in which to carry out research training.
The NIHR HPRU in Blood Borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections works closely with the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Evaluation of Interventions is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), which is a partnership between University of Bristol and Public Health England (PHE) in collaboration with University College London, Cambridge Medical Research Council (MRC) Biostatistics Unit and University of the West of England. The NIHR HPRU in Evaluation of Interventions uses a multi-disciplinary research team to undertake applied research on the development and evaluation of interventions, focusing on infection.
- Improving the Governance of Medication Safety
The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) North Thames is accepting applications for its 2015/2016 PhD studentship. NIHR CLAHRC North Thames is one of 13 CLAHRCs across England which have been funded to conduct high quality applied health research, focused on the needs of patients and the public to produce a direct impact on health and the way that health care/public health is organised and delivered. More information about the CLAHRC can be found on our website: http://www.clahrc-norththames.nihr.ac.uk/
This PhD builds on UCL research undertaken on governance processes of medication safety in acute hospitals and professional engagement with these processes. This research will analyse how specific medication safety cultures develop in a variety of clinical contexts based on differences in professional culture (e.g. among doctors, nursing staff, and pharmacists). Service areas with different theorised attitudes toward medication safety may also be compared, such as surgery and general medicine.
The PhD study may include developing and piloting an intervention for tackling these boundaries.
Skills / experience required
- Training in one or more of the social sciences is essential.
- Experience in qualitative research methods, particularly ethnographic research, is desirable.
- Knowledge of the UK NHS is essential.
Methods to be used
- Systematic narrative review of the patient safety literature, drawing on different disciplines/perspectives (e.g. relevant work on organisational learning/ governance processes/ innovation studies).
- Ethnographic methods, which involve spending an extended period of time in different clinical settings to acquire a detailed understanding of the ‘safety culture’. Ethnography in each setting will draw on non-participant observations, formal and informal interviews, and documentary analysis.
• Professor Naomi Fulop, UCL, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Dr Yogini Jani, UCLH, email@example.com
• Professor Martin Marshall, UCL, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Dr Simon Turner, UCL, email@example.com
Due to funding restrictions applicants must be UK/EU nationals. Please refer to UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) for details of these criteria: http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/International-Students/Fees--finance/Home-or-Overseas-fees/
PhD students will be entitled to the full range of PhD training opportunities at their host institution. In addition, all PhD students benefit from training provided by the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames Academy. The Academy brings together PhD students from across the CLAHRC, to create a community of students training in applied health research. The Academy works alongside each host institution’s graduate training programme to equip students with the skills needed to work at the interface of academia and health services. Our doctoral programme focuses on practical aspects of applied health research, such as the skills required to undertake research in health care and public health settings, to engage patients and the public in research, and to navigate relevant ethical and research governance approval systems. In addition, we aim to provide students with an understanding of how their work fits in to current NHS structures, for example by facilitating short shadowing placements. PhD students will be expected to attend and present at scientific meetings aimed at disseminating the findings of CLAHRC research.
Further information on the studentship:
This is an exciting opportunity for applicants with an interest in further developing social science skills in applied health research to take up a PhD studentship funded by The Health Foundation within the Department of Applied Health Research, University College London. The student will join the Organisation and Management of Health Care group, led by Professor Naomi Fulop, and link with a broader programme of research funded by NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) North Thames within the theme innovations in systems and models of care.
The PhD provides an opportunity to draw on evidence from different social science disciplines on the impact of professional and organisational culture on processes of learning and improvement relevant to patient safety; to explore the ways in which intra- and inter-professional boundaries influence the prevailing ‘safety culture’ in different acute care settings; and to investigate factors likely to improve the safety culture in consultation with a range of healthcare professionals.
If you would like further information on the PhD topic please contact Michelle Morton firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to apply:
Candidates should hold a Master’s qualification in an appropriate discipline and have a minimum of a 2:1 or equivalent in their first degree. Candidates should be able to demonstrate academic training in one or more of the social sciences. All applicants are required to have excellent written and verbal communication skills. They should also be willing to work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary and multi-professional teams.
Your application should consist of a CV and contact details of two academic referees. You must also include a personal statement (1,000 words maximum) describing your suitability for the project including how your research experience and interests relate to the project.
Please send your application to Mary Thomas, NIHR CLAHRC North Thames Manager (email@example.com).
Closing date for applications: Sunday 14 February 2016
Interviews: w/c 22 February 2016
Duration: 3 years, full time
- UCL-Birkbeck MRC Doctoral Training Programme
The UCL-Birkbeck MRC Doctoral Training Programme provides state-of-the-art PhD training across four strategic themes that exploit the unique research strengths and training infrastructure of UCL and Birkbeck. This enables us to support the brightest and most promising scientists who wish to undertake rigorous research training at UCL and Birkbeck. The guiding principles of our programme are to encourage students to consider a broad range of PIs in four broad themes as potential supervisors, and to mentor them through their PhD to postdoctoral fellowships and other career opportunities.
Applications are invited annually. You do not need to have studied at UCL or Birkbeck previously to apply, and the programme will provide a fully funded four year research studentship to allow talented scientists to sample high quality research environments at Birkbeck and UCL before they develop a research proposal tailored to their individual interest. The UCL SLMS Academic Careers Office will provide advice and support. At the end of the PhD we expect students to have acquired both specific research skills and a broader portfolio of transferable skills that will equip them for their future careers and facilitate their progression as academic leaders of the future.
Full information about the Doctoral Traning programme can be found on UCL SLMS' webpages: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/slms/aco/bat/programmes/mrc_dtp
Further opportunities can sometimes be found on local Research Departmental vacancy pages via the below links, or on UCL's HR webpages.
|EPH||Epidemiology & Public Health|
|IPH||Infection & Population Health|
|PCPH||Primary Care & Population Health|
|MRC LHA||MRC Unit of Lifelong Health and Ageing|